Assessment of Student Learning



Studio Arts Discipline


UNIT MISSION/GOAL(S)

The goal of the studio art curriculum is to introduce liberal arts students to the technical, conceptual, and communication skills necessary to activities in the visual arts and to help them understand the major traditions and the place of visual arts in our culture. Studio courses serve the needs of students planning to pursue graduate studies in art, students interested in exploring their own creative potential as part of their general education, and students preparing for secondary school teaching.

Unit Mission/goal(s) and the Institutional Mission Relation

Studio artŐs goals meet general and specific educational needs. Nearly every course in studio art can fill the performance requirement of the general education curriculum. Every beginning course can provide the non-major with the chance to explore her/his creative potential and the option to advance to more challenging courses. Pre-professional students in architecture and occupational therapy are required to take one or more studio classes before transferring to continue their training. Very specific programs are provided for students preparing for secondary education, graduate studies in studio art, and students who will begin their careers in art when they graduate.


STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES, EXPECTED OUTCOMES, ASSESSMENT METHODS & TOOLS, TIMELINE

Learning Objective 1
Introduce students to the technical skills necessary to activities in the visual arts; this includes materials, techniques, the safe use of tools (for example, everything from paint brushes, potters tools, wheels, and kilns, carpentry tools, power tools, to printmaking presses and equipment), the safe disposal of waste.
Expected Outcome 1
We expect that the beginning and non-major students will acquire an understanding of the appropriate application of materials, techniques, and tools and modest skills in those areas. We expect that advanced students and art majors and minors will develop the ability to appropriately and creatively use materials, techniques and tools and have strong skills in those areas.
Method(s), Measure(s), and Instrument(s) for Expected Outcome 1
Learning in studio classes is measured by assessing the skills and intellectual development of students based on single assignments, single courses, and the program as a whole. They are assessed in the classroom using observation, written tests and assignments, pre-testing and post-testing, class and individual critiques, portfolio reviews, individual review by the faculty of all junior and senior art students, and all student and senior exhibitions. The areas we are assessing include; craftspersonship, concepts, presentation, growth, awareness of the historical development of art and their place in it, ability to communicate verbally and through their art, and the ability to think independently.
Timeline for the Outcome 1
Starting Date for the Implementation: In Progress
Anticipated Date for the First Results: In Progress

Learning Objective 2
Introduce students to the concepts necessary to activities in the visual arts; this includes the formal elements of art, as well as, learning to think independently, understanding the historical and contemporary development of art and their place in it, the relationship of art to self, culture, and society, and to question and examine everything with a critical eye.
Expected Outcome 2
We expect that beginning and non-major students will acquire a moderate understanding of the afore mentioned areas. We expect that advanced students and art majors and minors will throughout their development gain a strong understanding and ability in the afro mentioned areas.
Method(s), Measure(s), and Instrument(s) for Expected Outcome 2
Learning in studio classes is measured by assessing the skills and intellectual development of students based on single assignments, single courses, and the program as a whole. They are assessed in the classroom using observation, written tests and assignments, pre and post testing, class and individual critiques, portfolio reviews, individual reviews by the faculty of all junior and senior art students, and all student and senior exhibitions. The areas we are assessing include; ideas, presentation, growth awareness of the historical development of art and their place in it, ability to communicate verbally and through their art, and in the ability to think independently.
Timeline for the Outcome 2
Starting Date for the Implementation: In Progress
Anticipated Date for the First Results: In Progress

Learning Objective 3
Introduce students to verbal/communication skills necessary to activities in the visual arts; this includes the ability to talk clearly and thoughtfully about their own art as well as the art of others.
Expected Outcome 3
We expect that beginning and non-major students will acquire a moderate ability to speak about art. We expect that advanced students and art majors and minors will throughout their development gain a strong ability to think and speak clearly, thoughtfully, and knowledgeably about their own art and the art of others.
Method(s), Measure(s), and Instrument(s) for Expected Outcome 3
Learning in studio classes is measured by assessing the skills and intellectual development of students based on single assignments, single courses, and the program as a whole. They are assessed in the classroom using observation, written tests and assignments, pre and post testing, class presentations, class and individual critiques, portfolio reviews, individual review by the faculty of all junior and senior art students, and all student and senior exhibitions. The areas we are assessing include; craftspersonship, concepts, presentation, growth, awareness of the historical development of art and their place in it, ability to communicate verbally and through their art, and the ability to think independently.
Timeline for the Outcome 3
Starting Date for the Implementation: In Progress
Anticipated Date for the First Results: In Progress

Learning Objective 4
Introduce students to the major traditions of art and the place of visual arts in our culture.
Expected Outcome 4
We expect that beginning and non-major students will acquire a moderate understanding of the major traditions of art and the place of visual arts in our culture. We expect that advanced students and art majors and minors will throughout their development gain a strong understanding of the major traditions of art and place of visual arts in our culture.
Method(s), Measure(s), and Instrument(s) for Expected Outcome 4
Learning in studio classes is measured by assessing the skills and intellectual development of students based on single assignments, single courses, and the program as a whole. They are assessed in the classroom using observation, written tests and assignments, pre and post testing, class presentations, class and individual critiques, portfolio reviews, individual review by the factuality of all junior and senior art students, and all student and senior exhibitions. The areas we are assessing include; craftspersonship, concepts, presentation, growth, awareness of the historical development of art and their place in it, ability to communicate verbally and through their art, and the ability to think independently.
Timeline for the Outcome 4
Starting Date for the Implementation: In Progress
Anticipated Date for the First Results: In Progress

ALL OF THE ABOVE METHODS OF ASSESSMENT ARE CURRENTLY IN USE, GIVEN FUNDING WE WOULD ADD; A COLLECTION OF SLIDES OF STUDENT WORK, VIDEO TAPES OF STUDENT EXHIBITIONS AND JUNIOR AND SENIOR REVIEWS, AND EXTERNAL REVIEWERS TO ASSESS STUDENT EXHIBITIONS.